BATU KAWAN, Malaysia: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Saturday called Malaysia’s recent elections “the mother of all frauds” as he kept up the pressure over polls he says were stolen by the 56-year-old regime.
Anwar addressed tens of thousands in the opposition-governed northern state of Penang three days after a massive rally in the capital Kuala Lumpur kicked off a series of protest gatherings.
Anwar has branded the May 5 elections—won by the Barisan Nasional (National Front) ruling coalition—a heist by Prime Minister Najib Razak and accused the Election Commission (EC) of bias.
“The EC were cheats. The last [election]. . . is the mother of all frauds,” he told the crowd.
“In these elections, we demand answers, and we demand the answers now.”
Anwar called the rallies to pressure Najib over the elections, the worst performance ever by the regime, which has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957. He has said he will soon produce evidence of fraud.
Najib’s government insists the elections were free and fair.
Any move to overturn the result looks doomed to fail, with the three-party opposition accusing the EC and courts of being in the government’s pocket.